The January 6 Committee hearings continue today at noon CDT, but there are plenty of places to read about the three that have already occurred and to catch a recap of today's action on MSNBC beginning at 7pm CDT. So this week's newsletter is focused on what Grassroots North Shore and other organizations are undertaking ahead of the August 9 primary.
We've all but completed our candidate information for the upcoming election. In our Elections 2022 section, we provide links to online information for each candidate in each race — including Governor Evers, Attorney General Josh Kaul, candidates for Lieutenant Governor, Secretary of State, Treasurer, and Assembly Districts 10, 23, 24, and 60. Plus, of course, US Senate and the 4th Congressional District. In contested races, we also provide a questionnaire with candidates' responses. In addition, we provide information on early in-person voting and videos of candidate interviews. We hope you will use these materials to become a well-informed voter. And of course that you will vote in the August 9 election.
In addition to the candidate information we provide in our Elections 2022 section, there's a recording of Kathleen Dunn interviewing the top four candidates for the nomination for US Senate. If you missed it or simply want to review it, you can find it on our YouTube site.
You can still request an absentee ballot at MyVote.WI.gov for the August and November elections. If you live in Milwaukee County — and you vote absentee by mail or early in person at your municipal clerk's office — you can sign up to be an election inspector in the county. (By the way, we're still waiting for the Wisconsin Supreme Court to rule on the use of drop boxes and whether someone can deliver a ballot to your mailbox or your municipal clerk for you. Stay tuned.) The Milwaukee Election Commission needs 1,500 election inspectors for the fall primary on Tuesday, August 9th, and 2,500 for the General Election on Tuesday, November 8th. New and returning election inspectors must take a training class. They will be paid $30.00 to take the class. Election inspectors will be paid a $220 stipend for working a full shift and $113 for working a half shift on Election Day. It's just one of the ways you can help Wisconsin vote! You can find information about qualifications and apply online.
We're already sending out 3300 postcards contacting voters in the hard-to-canvass areas of Ozaukee County and will be sending material to people who now find themselves in Assembly District 10 after the redistricting required every ten years. As the August election nears, we will be making phone calls, dropping literature, and knocking on doors. We'd love to have your help. So stay tuned for specific volunteer opportunities with Grassroots North Shore.
Among our ambitions around the November election, we plan to do what we can to support Ann Roe who is running for Congress in the 1st Congressional District (encompassing much of southeast Wisconsin). The district is winnable: it's one of two truly competitive congressional districts in this election cycle. Those of you who have wanderlust or happen to be in the district at some point ought to consider pitching in. You can find Ann's website here.
Right now, Supermarket Legends is running voter registration drives at two DMVs: the Chase Street locale and the one on Teutonia. Volunteers have been at the DMVs for many weeks, and no one has reported getting COVID. Volunteers wear masks, so the organization feels this is a COVID-safe activity. They need more volunteers to fill all the shifts daily. Please consider volunteering for a two- or three-hour shift. Supermarket Legends will provide training and you will work with someone. They have a real impact at the DMVs as people registered to vote are more likely to vote, and turnout will be key in the midterms. To volunteer, contact Jim Balk.
On a bittersweet note, WAVE (Wisconsin Anti-Violence Effort) has announced that it's longtime program director Heidi Rose is retiring this week. In her role as program director, Heidi has done so much. Her work has touched (and even saved) countless lives in Wisconsin and beyond. She is truly irreplaceable. Those of you who know her and/or been involved with WAVE may want to honor her. Contact the organization for more information.
As for the investigation of the long-decided 2020 presidential election in our state, there was an interesting development this month. As WisPolitics reported: Judge fines Gableman, refers him to OLR for ‘unprofessional behavior.’
Finally, let me leave you with Paul Waldman's profound insight into where the Republican Party is right now: "When [Republicans] say they fear for democracy’s survival, what they’re afraid of is the idea that we might continue to have a competitive system, in which elections are contested, sometimes Democrats win, and when they do, they get to implement their policies." We have to defeat the Republican Party at every level of government. I hope we can count on your vote in August. And your volunteer efforts!
Tuesday, June 21
George Wallace in Wisconsin, /Author Event, 6:30 – 7:30pm
Boswell Books, 2559 N. Downer Ave., Milwaukee
Ben Hubing, author of George Wallace in Wisconsin: The Divisive Campaigns That Shaped a Civil Rights Legacy, will discuss his book about Wallace's presidential campaigns in Wisconsin in the 1960's and 70's. Wallace's positions on issues like school segregation and taxation became seriously controversial here. More information and registration.
Wednesday, June 22
Marquette Law School Statewide Survey, 12:15 – 1:15pm
Eckstein Hall, 1215 W Michigan St, Milwaukee and virtual
Marquette Law School Poll’s survey of Wisconsin will look at preferences in the Republican and Democratic primaries in August and November in races for governor and the U.S. Senate. The survey additionally looks at the extent of Wisconsin voters’ concerns about the issues of inflation, gun violence, transgender rights and policy, water quality, and PFAS regulation and management. This program is free and open to the public, and a light lunch is available. The program will also be live-streamed. More information and registration.
Tom Palzewicz Fundraiser, 5:00 – 6:30pm
Camp Bar Third Ward, 525 E Menomonee St, Milwaukee
Tom Palzewicz, candidate for State Senate, will have a fundraiser at Camp Bar Third Ward. Contributions of any size are gratefully accepted. RSVP and contribution levels.
Reception for Sarah Godlewski, 5:3 - 7:30pm
Urban Law, 147 N Broadway, Milwaukee
Please join hosts Jay Urban & Ann Jordan, Jackie Boynton, Sharon & Richard Canter, Linda & Eli Frank, Ann Jacobs For A Reception In Support Of Sarah Godlewski Democrat for U.S. Senate + Wisconsin State Treasurer featuring special guest, Emily Cain, Executive Director, Emily’s List. RSVP.
Thursday, June 23
All Voting Is Local Advocacy Webinar, 10:30am - 12:00pm CDT
Gain a basic understanding of the public policy and advocacy process in Wisconsin so that you can make sure that your voice is heard loud and clear. This no-cost facilitated webinar demonstrates how, in a short period of time, you can influence critical policy-making decisions to protect our freedom to vote. Through real-life examples and practical learning activities, you will gain the knowledge and skills needed to effectively communicate ideas and concerns to policy-makers to improve voter access. Link.
Grassroots Tosa, Drinking Liberally Tosa, 6:30 - 8:00pm
Camp Bar, 6600 W. North Ave. at 6:30
We're back meeting face to face. We meet the third Wednesday of every month. This month we'll host some the campaign field organizers from the Democratic Party of Wisconsin. They'll describe their roles, and how we can join them in persuading voters and getting out the vote. Plus, we'll have a chance to talk about the latest developments in the January 6 Committee hearings. And, of course, just get back in touch with each other after the long COVID hiatus.
Saturday, June 25
Supermarket Legends Voter Registration, 8:00 - 10:30am
Kinship Food Pantry, 924 E Clarke St.
Three volunteers are needed. You will have a table outside and access to WiFi and a printer. To volunteer, email Nancy Florsheim.
Democratic State Convention, June 25, 2022, 9:00am – June 26, 2022, 4:00pm
LaCrosse Center, 300 Harborview Plaza, La Crosse
Stand for Peace, 12:00 – 1:00pm
Port Washington Avenue & Silver Spring Drive, Glendale
Stand for Peace has resumed in-person events with masks and social distancing. Check for more information. Organized by Peace Action Wisconsin.
Monday, June 27
Milwaukee Dems Meeting, 6:00 – 8:00pm
Teamsters Hall, 10020 W. Greenfield Ave., West Allis
Milwaukee County Democrats meet monthly to discuss party business, hear speakers on current topics, pass resolutions, and network with other progressives. All interested Democrats are invited.
Deb Andraca Fundraiser, 7:00 – 8:00pm
Wisconsin Assembly member Deb Andraca will have a fundraiser on Zoom. She will discuss gun safety, one of her special interests, with Shannon Watts, founder of Moms Demand Action for gun Sense in America. Contribution Levels: Host: $500, Champion: $250, Supporter: $100, Advocate: $50, Students: $25. Contributions of any size gratefully accepted! Link provided upon RSVP.
Tuesday, June 28
LaTonya Johnson Fundraiser, 5:30 – 7:00pm
Vennture Brew Co., 5519 W. North Ave., Milwaukee
State Sen. LaTonya Johnson will have a Birthday Fundraiser, with Mayor Cavalier Johnson as a special guest. Sponsorship levels: Host $1,000, Co-Host $500, Sponsor $250, Friend $100, Suggested $50. RSVP.
Wednesday, June 29
Peng Her Fundraiser, 5:00 – 6:30pm
An Ox Café, 7411 W. Hampton Avenue, Milwaukee
Peng Her, candidate for Lieutenant Governor, will have a fundraiser for his campaign. Host Committee: $1000, $500, $250, $100. Suggested contribution at the door $50. All contributions gratefully accepted.
Wednesday, July 6
Drinking Liberally Waukesha, 6:30 – 6:30pm
Club 400, 322 Williams St., Waukesha
The meeting has moved to Club 400 and will be in the upstairs bar area. All attendees should be vaccinated and wear masks when not actively eating or drinking. More information.
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